ROTTERDAM — Work is underway on a $12.5 million project to reconstruct and install sidewalks along an approximately 1.5-mile section of Hamburg Street, state Department of Transportation acting Commissioner Cathy Calhoun said Wednesday.
The project, intended to improve motorist and pedestrian safety, should be finished by the end of 2018.
"Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo understands that a better and more modern infrastructure is the key to economic development," Calhoun said in a statement. "The work in Rotterdam will lead to a smoother, easier ride for motorists, will provide pedestrians with safer, continuous connections, and will help support Schenectady County's economy."
Construction will take place between the roundabout at Curry Road and Second Street. A two-way left-turn lane will be added from Arlene Street to Cardiff Road, and the road will be resurfaced. A sanitary sewer line is also being installed and will be paid for by the town.
Utility work began earlier this year. Work on town water and sewer lines will be the focus this year, and most road and sidewalk work will take place starting in the spring.
Town Supervisor Steven Tommasone said some businesses and residents are concerned about detours during construction, but the town believes the project is a positive for the area, where businesses and residents now rely on individual septic tanks because there hasn't been a municipal sewage collection system.
"The merchants on Hamburg Street and the town have probably, for three or four decades, talked about getting [sewage infrastructure] on Hamburg Street, and we're fortunate the state is doing this project," Tommasone said.